Another Holiday Dollar Store Craft: Snowman Clothespin Magnets

Hope everyone had a nice weekend! I’m loving the cool, crisp, Fall weather! 🙂

I have been working on a project for my show in a few weeks and wanted to share it with you, because I love how it came out! You may remember the tiny little snowman clips from years past, but this is a new take on the same project. I was inspired by my fellow crafter & blogger Lisa to use the larger clothespins and make them into magnets for the fridge, to hold papers, pictures, or whatever. See Lisa’s take on this project here:

I started with cheap clothespins from Walmart – a 100 pack for around $3. Score! I know you can get these at any dollar store also, which is why I consider it a “dollar store craft”.

I spray painted them white with Rustoleum Heirloom White. Did one side, let it dry, and did the other side. The over-spray was enough to cover the sides.

I like to do each step in bulk, rather than do them one at a time. I always start with the noses first!

Then I used a Sharpie paint pen for the eyes and buttons. The paint pen was too thick for the little eyebrows so I used a fine tip Sharpie marker (just a regular permanent marker as opposed to a paint pen) for the fine eyebrows.

I prefer the little round magnets, which are also from the dollar store, because they are a lot stronger than the flat magnets. I ran out of them, so I used some of these flat magnets, cut into thin strips, and hot glued on. They work, but do not have as strong of a hold. If I have time, I may go back and replace them with the round ones, if my dollar store still has them in stock.

Here are some of the completed snowmen. Some have scarfs and some have little tin stars, just to mix it up a little!

I also did a batch with vintage buttons!

To display magnets, I normally would use a large tin star, the back of a cookie sheet, or the back of a large enamel pan. This time I had way too many and decided to use this old tin/metal table as a display! The magnets cling to it really well. Using some brown kraft paper from the dollar store (comes in rolls, and I use it for everything!) I just cut a piece long enough to drape over the length of the table, and voila! Thinking about stamping it with my logo stamp, or some fun Christmas stamps!

Here is how it will stand up. I left the drop leafs folded over, and it stands up perfectly. As you can see, I used these little tiny dollar store clamps (the small black ones along the top of the kraft paper) to hold the paper in place. You could easily just tape it on too. I am so excited about this idea, because it will be an easy display to transport, and will give a lot of height to my table!

Before I go, a quick update on the wooden snowman spoons! I thought they were too “blah” so I grubbied them up a bit by rubbing on some Deco Art gel stain, and then wiping off. I then sealed them with sparkle mod podge, which doesn’t show up that great in the picture because it’s a subtle shimmer. They have a little more pizzazz now, and a bit more of that “prim” feel!!! 🙂

Well, have a GREAT week and happy crafting!!!

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Brenda
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 12:30:15

    I would love to live close enough to see your displays in person….I love, love, love prim and whimsy! Thank you for sharing your talent with us 🙂


  2. Barbara Briggs Ward
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 19:16:34

    Love seeing all those clothespins with just noses! Great stuff-love it all!


  3. Reba
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 19:28:50

    All of your projects are so helpful to me. You keep me inspired. Keep up the great work and keep on posting different projects.


  4. rrrthrive
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 19:43:33

    FOR CUTE!!!!!!


  5. MamaV
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 20:39:07

    I stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago and now I’m hooked!! I look forward to seeing what new project you are working on next. I’m in the midst of doing the cabochon magnets, snowman pins & spoons and the tea stained tags. Oh and the melted snowman ornaments. It’s going to be a DIY Christmas thanks to you!! 🙂 you have inspired me and I love all your prim DIY’s and finds. Thank you for posting all your finds, projects & adventures! You really do have a “good eye” for great things. Lol.


    • Eyeballs By Day, Crafts By Night
      Oct 11, 2012 @ 08:05:53

      Thanks so much MamaV!!! So glad you’re finding some inspiration here, cause that’s what it’s all about!!! I love sharing ideas and getting ideas from other craft blogs as well. Hope you’re having a great Fall and good luck on all the projects…you sound like one busy lady!!!!! 🙂 Maggie


  6. Debbie
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 10:01:44

    I also do crafts to sell, do you mind me asking how much you sell these for? I live in the mid-west , I know location can make a big difference. Love your blog!


    • Eyeballs By Day, Crafts By Night
      Oct 12, 2012 @ 11:52:13

      Hi Debbie, thank you!!! 🙂 This is my first year making and selling these little guys! I was planning on pricing them around $1.00 each and seeing how it goes. One dollar seems really cheap considering all the time that went into them, but at the same time, I want them to sell, and even at $1 I’d had a good profit! Did you make these? If you did, I hope they came out good and you had fun! 🙂 Maggie


  7. Tonya Allen
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 21:10:09

    Do cute. How do u make the noses?


  8. carol vaccaro
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 13:54:55

    i love them little snowman


  9. thesearemykeys
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 17:45:49

    Reblogged this on thesearemykeys and commented:
    Easy Dollar store craft thanks to eyeballsbydaycraftsbynight! Perfect for the holiday season!


  10. Girl Scout Mom
    Nov 17, 2013 @ 12:11:52

    Thank you so much for sharing this great craft idea! My daughter’s girl scout troop are making them for a craft fair and they are so easy and adorable, with so many different ways to personalize them. Another thought I had was to make a batch for myself and use them to make a Christmas card clothesline display. Can’t thank you enough!


  11. Pam
    Feb 06, 2015 @ 16:23:04

    I just love those paint pens, don’t you? These are so cute.


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